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Beth Schurman

Arts and Sciences

English and Modern Languages

Ph.D., 2013, Purdue University
M.A.E.N. (emphasis in English), 2005, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S. (English Education), 2003, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Schurman is passionate about training the next generation of English teachers. She does that from two perspectives: as an experienced high school English teacher and as a higher education teaching professional.

Before joining Olivet’s faculty, she taught English and writing, as well as speech, mythology and broadcast communications at Manteno High School. She also coached swimming at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.

In 2006, after three years at MHS, she came to Olivet as an adjunct professor. Currently, she teaches college writing, young adult literature, reading process and skills, and English education methods. She also works with student teachers, observing them in their assigned classrooms.

An accomplished writer and presenter, Dr. Schurman received second place in the Kneale Award for Pedagogy category in Purdue University’s 2012 Annual Literary Awards Contest for “The Role of Service-Learning in Teacher Education: Creating Servant Leaders.” “Second Reaction: A Classic Young Adult Fantasy Piece” was published in First Opinions, Second Reactions in 2008.

Her presentations at professional conferences include:
• “Creating Critical Spaces in the 5-12 Classroom” (2012), presented for Midwest Association of Teacher Educators.
• “Service-Learning: A Junior High School and University Collaboration” (2011), presented for Illinois Association of Teachers of English.
• “Teacher as Researcher? Navigating the Dual Roles of Teacher and Researcher in the Classroom,” (2011), presented for Purdue University’s 5th Annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium (AGSERS).
• “Teaching in a Third Space: Eliminating the Mind/Body Dichotomy in the Classroom” (2010), presented for National Conference of Teachers of English.
• “Think Before You Speak Write” (2008) on the connection between critical thinking and writing, co-presented for Olivet’s Professional Development Day for Teachers.

She is a member of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), IRA (International Reading Association) and IATE (Illinois Association of Teachers of English).

Finding Dr. Schurman with a book in her hand probably wouldn’t be surprising. For fresh air and exercise, she enjoys the outdoors, especially running, biking and camping.

She and her husband, Jeff, have three children: a son, Ethan, and two daughters, Farrah and Faith.



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